Board Of Ed Names Spardel To Fill Unexpired Term


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(l-r) Steve Spardel, Donald Flood, George Sidrak, Anthony Gaeta, Dominic Ferry, Ellen Conover, and Anthony Gardner were seeking to fill the unexpired term of former Board of Education member Dawn DuBois
(l-r) Steve Spardel, Donald Flood, George Sidrak, Anthony Gaeta, Dominic Ferry, Ellen Conover, and Anthony Gardner addressed the Board of Education last month.
The Verona Board of Education picked former member Steve Spardel to fill the unexpired term of Dawn DuBois.

Seven people had filed to fill the seat: Ellen Conover, Dominic Ferry, Donald Flood, Anthony Gaeta, Anthony Gardner, George Sidrak and Steve Spardel. The Board’s four members–Glenn Elliott, Michael Unis, Joe Bellino and John Quattrocchi–nominated Spardel, Flood and Gardner, and Spardel got “yes” votes from all except Bellino. In a twist of fate, Elliott lost reelection to a fourth term to the BOE on Tuesday, with results coming in just a hour after the vote on Spardel.

Spardel, a resident of Verona since 1998, served 7 1/2 years on BOE in the past. Two of his children graduated from Verona High School, and the third attends VHS now. He was on the Board for the previous $34 million referendum and its first strategic plan. When he addressed the BOE’s candidate forum last month, he stressed need for close relationship with superintendent. He favors spending on curriculum and facilities, not full-day kindergarten or security. Spardel will join the BOE as of the next meeting.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].



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